Michigan grows the majority of tart cherries in the US, and the locals love to bake cherry pies. Make like Michiganders and stock up on tart cherries when you spot them, as their season is cruelly short. In a lurch? Frozen or canned are a good stand-in for fresh options, especially when cooking them down, as in a pie.
In Hamtramck, Michigan, an enclave of Detroit, there is an annual Pączki Day (Shrove Tuesday) Parade, which has gained a devoted following. In the Metro Detroit area, it is so widespread throughout the region that many bakeries have line-ups for pączki on Pączki Day.